Empathy + Social Insight Micro-certification

Work on the eCampusOntario funded pilot project to create a micro-certification in Human Centred Product Design has concluded with the development of the first in a series of 5 micro-certifications. Empathy + Social Insight is scheduled to be delivered online through the Office of Continuing Studies this coming May 2020.

The purpose of developing this micro-certification was to create a learning opportunity that would recognize both the vertical and transversal skills of early to mid-career individuals looking to either upgrade their skills or retraining to explore new opportunities, resulting in a holistic representation of their abilities and achievements.

A trans-disciplinary team made up of individuals from Faculty of Curriculum Development Centre, Office of Continuing Studies, the Office of Research + Innovation as well as representatives from our industry partner, Myant Inc., met regularly over the past 4 months to collaborate on this project. The team worked together to find specific evidence that the micro-credential earners would value, and to identify the framework and tools that would be most applicable in the development of OCAD University’s first solo micro-credential.  

Empathy + Social Insight micro-certification has been added to the list of pre-requisites for the Continuing Studies User Experience (UX) Design and Development Skills Certificate. Initial response has been positive with students registering in the course, and institutional partners interested including it as part of their distance learning offerings. For more information go to the Office of Continuing Studies website.

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Work on the eCampusOntario funded pilot project to create a micro-certification in Human Centred Product Design has concluded with the development of the first in a series of 5 micro-certifications. Empathy + Social Insight is scheduled to be delivered online through the Office of Continuing Studies this coming May 2020.

The purpose of developing this micro-certification was to create a learning opportunity that would recognize both the vertical and transversal skills of early to mid-career individuals looking to either upgrade their skills or retraining to explore new opportunities, resulting in a holistic representation of their abilities and achievements.

A trans-disciplinary team made up of individuals from Faculty of Curriculum Development Centre, Office of Continuing Studies, the Office of Research + Innovation as well as representatives from our industry partner, Myant Inc., met regularly over the past 4 months to collaborate on this project. The team worked together to find specific evidence that the micro-credential earners would value, and to identify the framework and tools that would be most applicable in the development of OCAD University’s first solo micro-credential.  

Empathy + Social Insight micro-certification has been added to the list of pre-requisites for the Continuing Studies User Experience (UX) Design and Development Skills Certificate. Initial response has been positive with students registering in the course, and institutional partners interested including it as part of their distance learning offerings. For more information go to the Office of Continuing Studies website.

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